The ongoing spat between Cable One and Viacom over how much Viacom's programming is worth—and whether Cable One is willing to pay for it—could cause Duncan, Okla. to lose $130,000 in franchise fees. Meanwhile, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., city officials are considering eliminating the 2 percent franchise fee the city collects from Charter Communications cable subscribers.
Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.
Viacom will use the EchoGraph social media measurement platform from Mass Relevance to track and analyze social activity of Viacom client campaigns across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Google+ and YouTube.
Viacom said late Tuesday that it signed a new contract with the National Cable Television Cooperative. But the company said that Cable One, which is one of NCTC's largest members, refused to agree to terms of a deal that would allow it to restore several of its MTV Networks subsidiary's channels.
Cable One dropped 15 cable networks owned by Viacom's MTV Networks after its carriage deal expired at midnight.
With Cable One's distribution agreement with Viacom set to expire at midnight, the MSO said it has lined up some replacement networks in the event that it loses Comedy Central, MTV, BET and other networks owned by the media giant.
A March 31 deadline is quickly approaching for the 890 members of the National Cable Television Cooperative to sign a new retransmission deal with Viacom or lose access to a bevy of channels such as MTV, BET and Comedy Central.
Viacom said Tuesday that it signed an agreement with Google which resolves a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit that the media giant filed against YouTube in 2007, the year after it was acquired by Google.
Viacom included a pitch for the interactive kids' channel it plans to launch this spring in Verizon FiOS TV homes during its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Thursday.
Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit and Suddenlink Communications SVP and Chief Programming Officer Patty McCaskill will each pick up a Vanguard Award for Distinguished leadership next month at The Cable Show.